Driving a truck can be a rewarding career. Even during uncertain times, there is a high demand for qualified drivers to transport freight. If you want to become a truck driver, now is a great time to start the process.
Here are the steps to becoming a commercial driver:
Make Sure You Meet the Requirements
To become a truck driver, you must meet certain requirements. If you plan to drive across state lines, you will need to be over 21 years of age. For intrastate transport, you only need to be 18. You must also have a clean driving record and undergo a physical examination to ensure that you are in good health.
Earn Your CDL
In order to drive a semi-truck, you need to obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL). To do this, you will need to pass the CDL test. This includes a written exam covering information about safe operation of commercial vehicles. There is also a skills portion that includes a pre-trip inspection, evaluations of specific driving skills, and a road test.
Although it is possible to study for this test on your own, attending truck driving school can be beneficial. This gives you more hands-on experience and you will learn from skilled instructors. Many companies also prefer hiring drivers who graduate from CDL school. Depending on the program, you can be on the road in just weeks.
Decide What Type of Trucking Job You Want
There are many different types of truck driving jobs. You can find one that fits best for you depending on your desired pay and lifestyle. Some of the choices you will make include how long your routes will be and what type of freight you will haul. If you are not sure what will be a good match, you can talk to the staff at your CDL school or to drivers you know.
Choose a Trucking Company
Once you know what type of driving you would like to do, you can start looking for a trucking job. A few factors to consider when choosing which company to work for include starting pay, benefits, and home time.
The Benefits of Working for DSW
Whether you are just starting your trucking career or are a veteran driver, DSW is a great company to work for. We are family-owned and we care about our employees. Our management consists of former drivers who understand what life on the open road is like. We know you by name, not by truck number, and we work with you to help give you the best possible experience. We have a small company feel, but our freight rivals larger carriers so you can get miles, get paid, and get home.
Now Hiring Truck Drivers
DSW has openings for new and experienced over-the-road (OTR) drivers as well as owner-operators.